Sunday, July 24, 2005

Negotiation: European Style

No one wants the Mad Mullahs of Iran to have access to nuclear weapons. So, we've all been waiting with bated breath, while the EU negotiates with Iran over the future of the Iranian nuclear program. Looks like the Euros have finally hammered out a deal:

Senior Iranian Official: Europe Will Recognize Iran's Right to a Limited Nuclear Fuel Cycle

The European Union, which is negotiating a long-term nuclear agreement with Iran through the EU-3 ( United Kingdom,Germany, and France), was scheduled to submit a detailed program for Iranian and European guarantees by the end of July 2005.

If the talks had not taken place, there would have been a crisis with Iran 's nuclear portfolio in the IAEA Board of Governors, and the major oil and gas contracts that Iran signed with the world would not have been possible.

The negotiations with the E.U. have generated an atmosphere enabling Iran to sign long-term gas export contracts with India, China, Pakistan, and the UAE. These contracts are considered to be among the world's greatest economic contracts. Mousavian:

"If Europe Offers to Support the Iranian Nuclear Power Plants and to Guarantee their [Nuclear] Fuel Supply,Iran Should Welcome Such a Proposal"

You see, Europe gets to have oil, and the Iranians get to do whatever they want. Good negotiating, Europe.